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Hurstville Boys Campus

Hurstville Boys Campus

Georges River College

Telephone02 9587 3199



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The aim of the English faculty is to enable students to use, understand, appreciate, reflect on and enjoy the English language in a variety of texts through:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Viewing

At Hurstville Boys' Campus, we provide a relevant and varied curriculum which is practical to everyday living and equips students for life.

Our yearly program would include the study of:

  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction texts
  • Media and multimedia
  • Drama (including Shakespeare)
  • Poetry
  • Wide-Reading

The English faculty also makes provision for Gifted and Talented students with special classes in certain years. Through the media units, Selective students work to produce the School Magazine which showcases and records events annually.

The English faculty ensures that the needs of NESB students are addressed through the provision of separate ESL classes in some years and assistance provided by specialist ESL teachers.

Opportunities are provided for students to enter debating teams and various English, competitions. Special performances by visiting artists and drama performances are arranged to complement students' studies.

English in NSW Schools

English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Students learn about the English language through written, spoken and visual texts of increasing complexity as they progress through their schooling.

An understanding of the English language is central to how we communicate and essential for intellectual, social and emotional development.

The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.

In Year 11 and 12, the study of English is mandatory. Courses offered include:

  • English Advanced
  • English as an Alternative Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Extension 1
  • English Extension 2
  • English Life Skills
  • English Standard
  • English Studies.